Seed Enterprise Management Institute takes part in the COMESA Seed Regulations Launch. The workshop had in attendance personnel from seed companies in Kenya, KEPHIS, STAK,Ministry of Agriculture, KARLO and other key players in the seed sector.
University of Nairobiâ€™s SEMIs was represented by Prof. Agnes Mwangâ€™ombe, Prof. Paul Kimani,Prof. Kiarie Njoroge and Mr. Daniel Wasonga.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) through its organ,Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), launched the seed trade harmonization regulations. The workshop was held on Monday 16 March 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya with an aim of harmonizing phytosanitary measures for seed in the region in order to facilitate the safe movement of seed within Member States. Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Argent Chuula, the ACTESA CEO said that harmonizing the seed trade regulations would encourage investment in seed business, increase access to existing varieties and stimulate breeding and availability of improved seed varieties for all farmers in the region.
The workshop had in attendance personnel from seed companies in Kenya, KEPHIS,STAK, Ministry of Agriculture, KARLO and other key players in the seed sector.Prof.Agnes Mwangâ€™ombe, the Principal CAVS urged the COMESA planning committee to refer personnel targeted for oncoming capacity building to the University of Nairobi. She added that SEMIs is running short seed courses which fits well on personnelâ€™s busy work schedule and admissions for Masters and PhD programmes, she said, was open for applications. Mr. Daniel Wasonga, the SEMIs Project Manager on the other hand highlighted on SEMIs 2015 seed courses which the participants could enroll to be trained.
SEMIs banner was strategically placed at the podium where all participants could see and later received brochures with training programmes. Prof. Mwangâ€™ombe, among other delegates who attended the official launch of the COMESA Seed Regulations launch at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi